(2021) El Vinculo is part of the Grupo Pesquera, and this from 25-year-old vines in La Mancha, at 650- to 750-metres altitude, is aged 24 months in American oak. Bright cherry/ruby red, the nose is attractive, like a pot-pourri of berries, spices, vanilla and tobacco. In the mouth there is surprising energy and spark given the nose promised a more lush character perhaps, but there is plenty of depth of fruit, there is that vanilla and light woodsmoky fragrance, and the balance is good: tannins tight, but the acid rippling across the finish.
(2019) From La Mancha in the south of Spain, a Chardonnay that is unoaked, but four months of ageing on the lees has added some creamy richness to the apple and pear fruit, Well-balanced, with good lemony acidity, if simple. No UK retailer at time of review.
(2017) Super deep and glossy in colour, this unusual Spanish Malbec has a soaring aromatic, really expressive of the variety's floral-touched, kirsch like character, a touch of blackberry and light smokiness too. In the mouth the approachable delights continue to unfold, with sweet and ripe black fruit, gentle tannins and a pinch of tart acidity to keep it fresh. It's a charmer rather than a bruiser, and all the better for that.